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‘Queer’ Asia is a network of queer identifying scholars, academics, activists, artists and performers. It is a platform for inter-Asia collaboration, dialogue and research on issues affecting people who self-identify as LGBTQ+ or belong to other non-normative sexualities and gender identities in Asia, or Asian diasporas and beyond.

With three queerly packed conferences in June 2016, June 2017, and June 2018 ‘Queer’ Asia is excited about our 4th installment. This edition of the ‘Queer’ Asia focuses on art and film in an exploration of queerness in Asia. The call for contributions is now open!

QA2019 will be held in July 2019 in London.

Following the success of our film festival last year, we are back with the third edition of the ‘Queer’ Asia Film Festival to be held at the British Museum.

Stay tuned for more exciting details and remain updated about our events!

Social Media:  fb.com/queerasia @TheQueerAsia

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Email:  queerasia@gmail.com

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Call for Contributions

Summer Programme 2019

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MONDAY 15 – THURSDAY 18 JULY 2019

VENUES TBC (Central London)
Fees: Free to attend but regret we are unable to offer any funding
Deadline: 28 February 2019
Apply by the online link below (short online form plus CV attachment)

PLEASE NOTE **Successful applicants will be expected to attend the whole programme for four days. The programme will take around 30 participants and we can offer certification if required**

Building on the success of three Conferences (2016-2018) and two Film Festivals (2017 and 2018), we have decided to focus this year on our first ever ‘Queer’ Asia Summer Programme, bringing together academics, activists, performers, film-makers, and artists from divergent backgrounds and regional contexts. Running in tandem will be our 2019 Film Festival and 2019 Art Exhibition, housed at the British Museum, London.

‘Queer’ Asia is a network of queer identifying scholars, academics, activists, filmmakers, artists, and performers. Our aim is to provide a platform for inter-Asia collaboration, dialogue, and research on issues affecting people who self-identify as LGBTQI+ or belong to other non-normative sexualities and gender identities in Asia or Asian diasporas.

The goals of the ‘Queer’ Asia summer programme are to diversify knowledge on queer experience and specific regions by bringing together ideas, learning, and strategies from other Asian contexts through engagement in active participatory dialogue. The inter-disciplinary and inter-media model of the summer programme is intended to broaden our understanding of thinking about queer and Asian intersectionality. How do different mediums (academic, cinematic, artistic, practitioner-led works) reflect and negotiate queerness in Asia, what are their strategies and methodologies, how can collaborative models of resistance and development be framed and help envision new possibilities? The range of workshops, roundtables, and sessions that we have planned serve to both decolonise fixed methodologies but also enhance and build capacity among participants.

In addition to non-standard formats of learning such as through capacity building workshops, participant lead round-tables, engagement with film, art, and other activities, we aim to bring together participants from different and complementary backgrounds and countries. We envision a collaborative learning environment which focuses on building and enriching participant capacity. We aim to renew and build on the links made at our previous activities in new directions. Applications are invited from participants who are able to bring regionally and context specific knowledge, experience, and expertise, as well as from different backgrounds, whether art, performance, film, activism, academia, and beyond.

Draft Programme (please note this is subject to confirmation; venues TBC, Central London)

Day 1 – Monday 15 July
Afternoon – Roundtable discussion on ‘Queer’ Asia: concept, history, challenges
Evening – Panel Discussion on film, art, queerness, and accessibility

Day 2 – Tuesday 16 July
Morning – Concept piece discussions: what is your version of ‘Queer Asia’?
Afternoon – Practice-based Workshop

Day 3 – Wednesday 17 July
Morning – Methods Workshop
Evening – Film screening and panel discussion (Film Festival as Method – Curation, Challenges, Content)

Day 4 – Thursday 18 July
Morning – Practice-based Workshop
Afternoon – Reflective Session
Evening – Closing Party

**Successful applicants will be expected to attend the whole programme for four days and be asked to prepare a concept-piece for Day 2. We aim to select around 30 participants and can offer certification if required**

Please submit your applications via this link (short online form about yourself plus CV).

Application deadline: 28 February 2019 (first come, first served; we encourage early applications and will offer places before the deadline)

We will contact all applicants by 31 March 2019

Art Exhibition 2019

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APPLY: ‘Queer’ Asia Art Exhibition

‘Queer’ Asia invites art submissions for an exhibition to be held in July 2019 at the British Museum.

Alongside an annual film festival, ‘Queer’ Asia hosts a contemporary art exhibition that features diverse artwork from across Asia to raise awareness of themes and topics relevant to queer struggles. The ‘Queer’ Asia Art Exhibition draws in a large audience and attracts widespread media coverage; exhibiting artists have been offered to appear on news outlets to discuss their work and have gone on to participate in national and international LGBTQ+ exhibitions.

Following the success of the 2018 art exhibition ‘Bodies x Borders’, ‘Queer’ Asia is seeking established and upcoming artists whose work explores LGBTQ+ content in Asia and/or within Asian diasporas. Artworks including paintings, sketches, photographs, mixed media (such as collages, montages etc.), sculptures, and installations, and videos are accepted. ‘Queer’ Asia is focused on providing an engaging and informative art exhibition. Artwork that is interactive with audiences would therefore be particularly welcome.

HOW TO APPLY: The main submission process is via this googleform. However, if you have trouble accessing the form or are unable to submit, please write to queerasia.art@gmail.com.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: February 28th 2019. The Exhibition will not consider late entries due to the volume of submissions.
PLEASE NOTE: TWO MAXIMUM works per artist (only ONE video or ONE audio artwork per artist)

Film Festival 2019

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CLOSED: ‘Queer’ Asia Film Festival

The third annual ‘Queer’ Asia Film Festival invites submissions from a range of film makers including activist groups, academics, professional and amateur filmmakers to be held between 8th – 14th July 2019 at The British Museum and various central London locations.

As an annual celebration of films from across Asia including Asian diasporas QAFF has showcased a wide diversity of films from across Asia including China, India, Thailand, The Philippines, Myanmar, Lebanon, Singapore, and Indonesia in Central London venues including The British Museum, SOAS, University of London, and University College London.

The film festival has grown since 2017 with 11 films to 33 films in 2018 and with 500 footfall to nearly 2500 tickets sold in June 2018. QAFF has included a range of films from short films, features, documentaries, music videos, and performative cinema exploring queer and LGBT content in relation to Asia, Asian Disaporas, and themes relevant to queer struggles globally.

In two short years QAFF has attracted extensive media coverage including films from the QAFF line up being showcased on TV programmes in the UK such as Brighton TV, and in private screenings at major companies.

QA19 Further Information

Please note we have taken the decision not to host our ‘Queer’ Asia Conference in 2019.

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About Us

‘Queer’ Asia is a collective of early career researchers, doctoral researchers, and activists. We are currently housed at SOAS, University of London. Our work to create a global platform for queer activists, artists, and academics is done in an entirely voluntary capacity. We strive to build a global platform from which to challenge dominant ideas, forms, and representations of gender and sexuality. As part of our labour of love we encourage our participants, readers, viewers, and collaborators to share, showcase, promote, and inspire a plethora of voices from Asia and its vast diasporas. Be the movement for a queerer Asia!

Reach out to us at queerasia@gmail.com with solidarity, suggestions, inspirations, or love!

Tweet at us @TheQueerAsia or follow us on Facebook @QueerAsia

Help us and join our network by signing up to be a fabulous volunqueer, organise the next event, or just donate your time and talents!

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QA Blogs

‘Queer’ Asia blogs present perspectives on LGBTQ+ issues in Asia. Our contributors include artists, activists and academics working on LGBTQ+ issues in Asia or Asian diasporas. If you wish to contribute to our blog, please write to us at queerasia@gmail.com.

QA Blog Series: Doubly Others – Queers of Colour in the Diaspora

Inheritance by Alexandra D’Sa

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Reflections (1) – Silence That Breaks the Boundary: Voicelessness as a Queer Asian Art Expression

Reflections (2) – Learning and Exploring at ‘Queer’ Asia: A Perspective from Central Asia

Reflections (3) – Feelings for knowledge: Reflecting on bodies, borders, and bacteria at Queer Asia 2018

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Overview of the ‘Queer’ Asia 2018 Art Exhibition (original on Study at SOAS Blogs) – by Rhea Tuli, Curator

Exploring South Asian Gender and History through Experimental Fashion Design: Interview with Manimekala Fuller

Calling Attention to South Korean LGBTQ+ Human Rights Issues through Multimedia Art: Interview with Showna Kim

Exploring Queer Asia: Bodes X Borders (original on Cuntemporary) – by Rhea Tuli, Curator

LGBT Censorship in Art Institutions: Interview with Ryudai Takano

Sexuality, Violence, and Beauty in Art: Interview with Alqumit Alhamad

Underwear as a Window to Gay Life: Interview with Heezy Yang

Collaging Narratives: Interview with Jay Cabalu

 

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Information regarding the upcoming ‘Queer’ Asia 2018 events at SOAS, UCL, and the British Museum

 

 

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 QA Blog Series: What is ‘Queer’ in South Korea? Explorations of art, identity, and ‘queerness’

Reflections on an exhibition of queer art in Korea – Camille Sung 

Performing Art in South Korea – Sungjae Lee 

Queer art from Korea (Seoul): A List of My Own, 2017 – Yeonsook LEE / 리타 (Rita)

 

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Event Report: Queer Korean Trans and Diaspora Identity

‘Queer’ Asia and SOAS North Korea Society got together to organise a seminar on “Queer Korean Trans and Diaspora Identity” at SOAS, University of London on 1st Dec, 2017.

 

 

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QA Blog Series: Resistance and Subversion 

Queer Movement in Lebanon – Ismail Shogo

Queer Movement in Kazakhstan – Amir Shaikezhanov

 Queer Movement in Singapore – Cassandra Thng

 Concluding remarks on a comparative outlook of queer movements in Singapore, Kazakhstan, and Lebanon – Ismail Shogo 

 

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Overview of LGBTQ activism in South Korea by Heezy Kim Yang

“Even though South Korea has become a culturally very influential Asian country, non-native South Koreans outside South Korea are often only able to access limited bits of the country’s culture due to the language barrier and South Korea’s unfamiliarity with foreigners.”

 

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Being Queer in North Korea – Shyun J. Ahn 

Waiting for the Worst – Diego García Rodríguez

Dishes and Desire in DC – Ping H. Wang 

Versions of Violence Against Trans People in China – Ausma Bernotaite

The Colonial Choreography of Queer Value – Sara Shroff

 

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What do queers want? QA17 Summary by Allan C. Simpson

A summary write up of the ‘Queer’ Asia 2017 Conference by Allan C. Simpson, Co-founder and Committee member of ‘Queer’ Asia

 

 

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Trans rights: Legal gender recognition in Asia and the Pacific by Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN)

“Trans people are among the most vulnerable populations throughout Asia and the Pacific and face significant barriers in exercising their human rights, including their right to health.”

 

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QA17 – IAPS, University of Nottingham Blog Series 

Queer Politics and Tibet: Past, Present and the Future – Seagh Kehoe and Chelsea E. Hall

Gay and Indian in Malaysia? Forget it – R. Jeyathurai

Acrush: A Case Study in Chinese Gender Neutrality – Jamie J. Zhao

Queer’ India: A Path to Sustained Progress? – Jennifer Ung Loh

 

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Awareness awaiting recognition: Intersex rights in Hong Kong – Geoffrey Yeung 

“Activists are still advocating for the right for intersex people not to be subject to genital surgeries without their consent. The gender binary remains entrenched in the law and on identity cards.”

 

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“Although there is no law criminalising homosexuality or same-sex conduct at the national level, except in Aceh province, there are at least 15 discriminatory policies against LGBTI people in Indonesia.”

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